Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

It’s October! There’s a nip in the air, a gourd on every doorstep, a scarf round every throat. And you know what that means: it’s time to go broke paying for holiday travel. Except maybe not this year. Maybe you can get it together to buy tickets in advance and not have to shell out an extra $300 for the privilege of visiting your Aunt Ellen in Milwaukee and listening to your relatives try to explain Twitter to each other for the fourteen-thousandth time.

We tend think that maybe tickets will get really affordable at the last minute because airlines will get desperate, like bar patrons still lingering on their stools at Last Call. This is a myth. MYTH. According to CheapAir.com:

For most domestic trips, we found a similar pattern. The worst time to book your trip was the last minute. No big shocker there. The day before was the single worst day, two days before was the second worst, etc. etc. all the way up to 13 days in advance. Our data completely debunks the myth that if you wait until the last minute, there will be big price reductions to take advantage of, as airlines dump empty seats. That simply doesn’t happen, and buying a flight with less than two weeks advance purchase is the last strategy we would recommend.

When is the optimal time, then? So glad you asked:

Wal-Mart Workers Don’t Earn Enough to Cover Thanksgiving Dinner

News this week that a Wal-Mart store in Ohio was holding an employee-to-employee food drive "so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reignited the debate over the low wages Wal-Mart employees earn. More than half of Wal-Mart employees earn less than $25,000 a year, and a slew of labor protests have occurred over the past year. Even Ashton Kutcher got in on it.

Grandma Helen at Thanksgiving

Helen has a really amazing Thanksgiving letter she posted for her family on the blog.

Turkey Planning

Logan and I are discussing our Thanksgiving plans this morning, which we're still unsure about, but last year, I spent it alone, singing carols softly to myself while roasting a single turkey breast in the oven (it was delicious—the trick is brining it).

How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

We rounded up a bunch of our pals from around the Internet and asked them how they're spending their Thanksgivings.

Monday Check-In

Good morning! How were your holidays and weekends? Let's check in.

Wednesday Estimate

We'll be taking Thursday and Friday off this week for the American Thanksgiving holiday (Canadians, I realize that you celebrated your Thanksgiving last month), so I'm posting the estimate today for our four-day weekends.

Here Is Your Open Thread for the Rest of the Week

We have a Thanksgiving plans roundup after this post, and then we're off for the rest of the week! Feel free to use this thread if you're lonely, or want to talk about something amazing you bought on Black Friday, or how you're avoiding Black Friday. Have a good time, everyone!

Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner (It’s Charlie)

"God damn it, Charlie, go upstairs and take a shower!" were my Dad's first words to his half-brother when he arrived at our home on Thanksgiving Day, 2004.

Friday Estimate

What are your estimates? Staying in in preparation for Thanksgiving the following week? Spending a ton of money because of Thanksgiving next week? Let's have a good weekend.